Trump administration broke the law by withholding Ukraine aide, watchdog says

Trump administration broke the law by withholding Ukraine aide, watchdog says

Per CNBC, The Government Accountability Office is claiming that the Trump administration violated the law by withholding military aid to Ukraine, in a new non-partisan report.

The document, entitled: 'Office of Management and Budget- Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance', was released to the public and shared by the GAO on Twitter on Thusday, January 16.

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It asserts that the White House went against Congress when Trump withheld up to $160 million from the Department of Defense which were intended to be used to assist Ukraine: which has been embroiled in conflict for several years. Furthermore, the president allegedly failed to notify Congress that the relevant funds were being frozen.

The report states: "In the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine. In order to withhold the funds, OMB issued a series of nine apportionment schedules with footnotes that made all unobligated balances unavailable for obligation."

It adds: "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA."

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According to the OMB, the freeze was in place "to determine the best use of such funds." and was "necessary to ensure that the funds were not spent 'in a manner that could conflict with the president’s foreign policy.'"

However, the GAO has determined that: "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law."

Thus far, President Donald Trump has not responded to the report.